Trailer Tuesday: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

I was born in 1972 so I didn’t catch the Poseidon Adventure in its first theatrical release, I did however get to see it on a double bill with another Irwin Allen disaster flick, Damnation Alley, a couple of years later at my local Drive-In. This is probably one of my favorite movies of all time…I have a few of those…but I can go home and spin the DVD in my player after a hard day’s work and still feel the same thrill I received when I was but a youth.

I really like how they decided to say that the actors were actually on the ship when the wave hit…not sure I understand that bit of marketing.


Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

Never Miss an Episode

Stay up-to-date on the latest from the Retroist Podcast. Sign up and receive email notifications when there's a new episode of the Retroist Podcast or when we launch new podcasts.
* indicates required

3 thoughts on “Trailer Tuesday: The Poseidon Adventure (1972)

  1. Atari Adventure Square says:

    It’s also one of my faves, VicSage.
    Got to see this in my local drive-in in 73? 74? (and I’m eventually gonna pore through my archive center’s old newspaper clippings to recall what the double-header was, cuz I need to do that, for some manic reason). Drive-in movies in my area were french-translated, so came in much later than their official release period.
    It meant a lot of anticipated build-up, with little to no extra info on em, other than Carson’s late-night jokes.
    My six or seven year-old self was aching to see this by that time
    The best of Irwin Allen’s disaster flicks.

  2. Thanks, Atari Adventure Square!
    The only problem I have with the movie is the cheap way they off Roddy McDowall…no one would have survived if he hadn’t come along. Ha, ha! ;)

  3. Atari Adventure Square says:

    So true about Roddy. I remember the first few times re-watching this and thinking “oh cool, it’s Bullwhip Griffin/Cornelius/Galen/etc, why didn’t I remember him in this before?”.
    Then, after he’s toast, it’s like I blacked out and discounted the onscreen mayhem to refocus on Nancy Drew’s legs (I was a precocious child).

    Y’know, I might just pop this in the old DVD player in a wave of appreciative nostalgia for good movies, after all this thinking about it.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.